5 Great Spots to Go Boating in Ontario

Ontario offers one of the best fresh water cruising experiences in the world. Some of Ontario’s best boating getaways are just a few miles away and yet they take you millions of miles away from the hustle of city life.

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5 Great Spots to Go Boating in Ontario
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Thousand Islands
This comprises of 1,864 islands. They vary widely in sizes including those with just enough space for a tree and a couple of shrubs to those big enough to accommodate camping trails and national parks.

An excellent retreat for nature lovers and bird watchers, the waters in these channels are among the clearest in the world affording visibility of 80 feet or more in some places. The islands are also known for their extensive rock formation and shoals just under water level, which makes it a good spot for cold water scuba diving.

Lake Erie
This 2,700 mile shoreline offers a mixed experience with its industries, agriculture and commerce. Although it is one of the smallest among the Great Lakes, Lake Erie is the best setting for commercial and leisure fishing and cruising activities.

Both the western and eastern fronts boast of beautiful waters no more than around 62 feet deep on an average. The waters are warm and shallow, and in summer, the beaches are more likened to Caribbean shores than Canadian ones. In all, the waters are considered to be easily navigable and great for boating, while the shores afford all the entertainment and amenities of a big city.

Trent-Severn Waterways
This waterway takes you across a national historic route rich in scenic beauty and cultural resources. The 240 mile long route between Trenton to Port Severn is linked by a chain of rivers, lakes and canals.

The waterway takes you right to the doorstep of several large and small communities that allow you to take a break from the water and sample some of their sights and culinary delights.

Rideau Heritage Route
Dating back to the 19th century, the Rideau Heritage Route is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. You can begin your 202 kilometre course from Lake Ontario in Kingston, cruising past 24 lock stations and 47 locks and past some of the most beautiful towns and villages like Smith Falls and Perth, until you reach the Ottawa River.

Muskoka has around 1,600 lakes making it a popular lakeside attraction to over 2 million visitors annually. The lakes are a great place for kids to enjoy summer camps that offer water sporting activities like kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and sailing.

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About the Author:

David Hammel is freelance writer, professional blogger and an avid boater. He Napanee area and enjoys blogging for atkinshoyle.com about his boating knowledge and experiences.

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